Anwar unfazed at being stripped of Datuk Seri title

PETALING JAYA - Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is unperturbed by the Selangor palace's decision to revoke the Seri Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (S.S.S.A) award accorded to him, which carries the title of 'Datuk Seri'.

Noting the palace's decision to revoke the title effective Nov 3, the PKR adviser said he would continue discharging his duties for the good of the people.

"The S.S.S.A was accorded to me in 1992 without me asking or applying for it, and I am grateful to the late Sultan Salahuddin for conferring me this award.

"I will continue to discharge my duties in upholding the Federal Constitution, constitutional monarchy, and parliamentary democracy and champion the people's interests.

"At the same time, I will continue serving as Selangor economic adviser to preserve the interests of the state and its people," he said in a statement.

The Selangor palace issued a statement on Thursday, saying Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah had decided to revoke Anwar's 'Datuk Seri' title because the latter had repeatedly questioned the integrity of the monarchy in dealing with the recent Mentri Besar crisis.

The Sultan also rebuked Anwar for questioning matters pertaining to Islam, and said the opposition leader was no longer fit to hold such an award.

However, Anwar who received the award when he was Finance Minister, was also accorded similar awards from other states, which also carry the title of "Datuk Seri".